Hand coloured etching, 295 x 225mm. 11½ x 9". Trimmed close to plate. Stain to image upper left.
An affray between three fashionably dressed men and two watchmen with bludgeons in a street at night. The glass of a street-lamp above their heads has been cracked. One watchman has large letters on the back of his greatcoat: St J. W, showing that the parish is that of St. James's or St. John's, Westminster. There is a full moon. One of a set of four prints with punning culinary titles by Theodore Lane (1800 - 1828). First recorded as a watercolourist, Lane became known from the early 1820s as a designer of political and social satires, working often for George Humphrey. He took up oil painting c.1825 and exhibited humorous subjects at the RA. He died on 21 May 1828 after falling through a skylight at the horse repository Gray's Inn Road in a drunken prank.
BM Satires: 14451.
[Ref: 11530] £220.00